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First Aired - 01/07/2010 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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On this week's A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio hosts famed food writer Andrew Smith to talk about the history of the hamburger and the emergence of McDonald's, one of Smith's thirty most important food moments in American history.
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the emergence of McDonald's is one of the thirty turning points of American culinary history, in its nascent stages quality control allowed for every McDonald's to provide the same exact food, now small variations exist especially internationaly, White Castle pre-dates McDonald's, McDonald's modeled their restaurants after Henry Ford's assembly line model and White Castle's model as well, KFC also existed before McDonald's, the Henry Ford model is the basis for the fast food industry, almost 25 million people eat fast food daily, the speed at which Americans eat is uncommon throughout the world and speaks to how little we care about food, foie gras stuffed hamburger, Andrew found 1,500 different types of hamburgers while researching for his book, McDonald's is doing very well in the recession, the $5000 hamburger in Vegas, everything old becomes new again,

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First Aired - 01/16/2014 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio welcomes guest Gustavo Arellano to discus the history of the taco. Gustavo is the author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, an editor at OC weekly, and a contributing editor to the LA Times. Linda and Gustavo discuss the evolution of the meal we now know as the taco, and how the taco differs around the U.S. This show has been sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons. Thanks to Pamela Royal.

"There's a time for every taco and a season for every torta." [12:35]

Gustavo Arellano on A Taste of the Past


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First Aired - 12/01/2011 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on A Taste of the Past, Linda Pelaccio explores the history of public markets and meat supplies in New York City with Gergely Baics, Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies at Barnard College. Tune in to learn about food provisioning and local markets and how policy and seasonality play into the proteins made available to the public in urban areas. This episode was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.


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